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Company with great ethics, only horrible management

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Former Employee)
Hyderābād (India)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Pros1. You can control, which area you wish to build your expertise on.
2. Lots of great teams to work in.
3. Great perks.
4. Totally a personal call, if you wish to extend your peers as 'beer budies'.

Cons1. Since recently, terrible politics has cropped up.
2. Leads/Management care about you, only if you don't spot the blemishes on their work.
3. Gaining visibility in teams has become such a necessary evil, that some would resort to doing some senseless work & canvass opinions from alike dumb leads (that other true contributors don't get their own due kudos for contribution).
4. Recently, Employee MS poll lost it's confidentiality & leads/Managers could specifically spot, what was each exployee's feedback on them( which was supposed to be highly confidential).

Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring/promoting works of female employees (in the name of acheiving diversity).
Stop calibrating on prejudice.
Stop making dirty politics against ICs, who've offered stringent feedback (lingo : Individual contributor).
Start contributing by leading via involvement/ rather than directing (even a 10 yr old can distribute work off a sheet).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fantastic opportunities if you want to play the politics to get ahead, a great fit

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Singapore (Singapore)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year


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Great people; poor management; appalling review process

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Reading, England (UK)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years


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